Early Help support and Think Family
Early Help is a way of giving families the support they need as quickly as possible when problems emerge. It means we can work together to find solutions to small problems before they become big ones.
A family can ask for Early Help or sometimes a professional, such as a health visitor, social worker or teacher, may suggest this for them.
Early Help can include both support to a family in the earliest years of a child’s life and also a timely response to a problem at any stage later in their lives.
If your family receives Early Help, you will have an Early Help plan to support you so we can make things better for you and your children – we call this the ‘Think Family’ approach.
Early Help can also involve other people working together to support you and your family. It can involve GPs, health visitors, schools, colleges, children’s centres, school nurses, youth services, child care or other community settings working together on a day-to-day basis. Part of our role is to try and help you get the ‘right support at the right time’.
You can find out about a range of family support in your area such as parenting groups as well as local activities and short breaks for disabled children and young people.
You can contact the Families Information Service by calling our helpline on 01274 437503 for free and confidential advice, or Text 'FIS' to 07781472076 and we will call you back, or email: email@example.com
If you can’t find the information you need here, then please call the Early Help Gateway on 01274 432121 during office hours.
The Early Help Gateway staff will ask you to be as clear as you can about:
The Early Help Gateway will provide confidential advice and guidance and, if needed, will link you through to groups and services near your family.
If you have information to share with us through a secure email then email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not on a secure email account please call 01274 432121 for different ways to share information securely.
If have a concern that a child is being harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must not keep these concerns to yourself. You should call:
More information about Early Help is also available on the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board website.